Germany v England Betting Predictions | Back a Draw at 18/5 with BetfairPublished March 22, 2017
New England manager Gareth Southgate has well and truly ushered in a new era with the squad he picked for this international break, and it could be a baptism of fire in the friendly against Germany on Wednesday night, even without any real consequences riding on it.
But the thing about England is they often turn up for games with little to nothing riding on it. This fixture only a year ago proves that, with the Three Lions running out 3-2 winners, sparking excitement ahead of Euro 2016, which ultimately ended in failure.
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On the face of it, Southgate’s appointment was uninspiring and unwanted after everything that happened with Sam Allardyce. It was feared he wouldn’t bring enough personality to the role, but the players he selected, or didn’t as the case may be, so just how he is set to stamp his authority on the squad.
There is no Wayne Rooney in the squad, with the captain struggling for regular minutes at club level with Manchester United. There has long been a debate as to whether Rooney’s inclusion was a help or a hindrance, and given the pace running throughout the squad, and the 31-year-old’s lack of it, him not being there could free up the team to play more to it’s strengths.
It is hard to know just how Southgate will line up here, but the options at his disposal suggest playing on the counter attack. Only three strikers have made the squad, all of whom like to play on the shoulder and use their pace to exploit gaps in behind the defence.
Jamie Vardy is the most in form and favourite to start, having played a key role in Leicester’s recent revival. Behind him, the likes of Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling will look to break fast whenever England have the ball. Going toe to toe against the Germany midfield will only end badly, particularly someone like Julian Weigl starts, as he will look to dictate the pace of the game from the off.
Eric Dier is the most important man in the squad, if only because he is the sole defensive minded midfielder available. Germany will spot this as a weakness and look to pressurise him, but he has shown on enough occasions that he can play the single-pivot role effectively.
Lukas Podolski will play in what will likely be a farwell game, and Manuel Neuer will be absent with a calf injury. Expect an entertaining game with lots of goals, and don’t count England out.